Cape Banks - Beach in Carpenter Rocks Grant SA - SLS Beachsafe

Cape Banks SA

Immediately west of Bucks Bay the coast transforms as a deep nearshore zone permits the high southwest swell to reach the beaches, producing higher energy beaches backed by some substantial sand dune systems.Cape Banks is a cuspate foreland protruding 500 m seaward in lee of calcarenite rocks and reefs. To... Read more

Immediately west of Bucks Bay the coast transforms as a deep nearshore zone permits the high southwest swell to reach the beaches, producing higher energy beaches backed by some substantial sand dune systems.Cape Banks is a cuspate foreland protruding 500 m seaward in lee of calcarenite rocks and reefs. To the east is a 2.4 km long curving southwest facing beach (43) backed by nine active blowouts and dune extending up to 300 m inland and reaching heights of 20 m. The gravel road from Carpenters Rocks skirts the back of the dunes providing access to the Cape Banks lighthouse (constructed 1882) and the beaches to either side of the foreland. The eastern beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m in the centre, which usually maintain about six rips along the beach and a surf zone up to 200 m wide. Wave decrease toward the eastern point as shallow reef dominates the nearshore.

Swimming

Be very careful on Cape Banks beaches where rips dominate. The safest swimming is in lee of the reefs along the eastern end of the beach.

Surfing

The best beach breaks are along the centre of the beach.

Fishing

A good spot for beach fishing into the rip holes.

General

Most visitors drive to the lighthouse and view the beaches to either side, with few but the locals actually using the beach.

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Information

About

Carpenter Rocks, SA 5291

Length:
2.4km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 sa0043

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Marine Warnings

Mon, 19 Nov 05:13
Fire Weather Warning

Weather

Monday 19, Nov 11:04 am

Day 30°    Night 16°
25.7°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  15°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending northeasterly 15 to 20 knots before dawn then tending northwest to westerly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide

9 am
0.84m
4 am
0.72m
5 pm
0.53m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:40 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 20, Nov

Day 18°    Night 12°
Rain at times

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming westerly about 10 knots in the early afternoon then increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Tide

12 am
0.87m
5 am
0.65m
5 pm
0.46m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:40 pm


Weather

Mon 19, Nov to Mon 26, Nov


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending west to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the day.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Possible small hail in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Mon 19th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:50 pm
Tue 20th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Wed 21st 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:40 pm
Thu 22nd 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:40 pm

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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